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Meaning of OUGHT

Pronunciation:  ot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  expresses an emotional, practical, or other reason for doing something; "You had better put on warm clothes"; "You should call your mother-in-law"; "The State ought to repair the bridges"
  2. [v]  be logically necessary

OUGHT is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: had better, must, need, should



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ought\ ([add]t), n. & adv.
    See {Aught}.
  2. \Ought\, imp., p. p., or auxiliary. [Orig. the preterit of
    the verb to owe. OE. oughte, aughte, ahte, AS. [=a]hte.
    [root]110. See {Owe}.]
    1. Was or were under obligation to pay; owed. [Obs.]
             This due obedience which they ought to the king.
             The love and duty I long have ought you. --Spelman.
             [He] said . . . you ought him a thousand pound.
    2. Owned; possessed. [Obs.]
             The knight the which that castle ought. --Spenser.
    3. To be bound in duty or by moral obligation.
             We then that are strong ought to bear the
             infirmities of the weak.              --Rom. xv. 1.
    4. To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove;
       -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or
       without a subject expressed. ``Well ought us work.''
             To speak of this as it ought, would ask a volume.
             Ought not Christ to have suffered these things?
                                                   --Luke xxiv.
    Note: Ought is now chiefly employed as an auxiliary verb,
          expressing fitness, expediency, propriety, moral
          obligation, or the like, in the action or state
          indicated by the principal verb.
    Syn: {Ought}, {Should}.
    Usage: Both words imply obligation, but ought is the
           stronger. Should may imply merely an obligation of
           propriety, expendiency, etc.; ought denotes an
           obligation of duty.